By Meredith Li-Vollmer
Public Health – Seattle & King County
It’s that time of year. The kids have been in school for a while and the germs are circulating. We sat down with Libby Page from our Immunizations Program to learn what our options are for flu vaccine this season.
Why is it important to get vaccinated now?
LP: Autumn is often the time when flu activity picks up and it can take at least two weeks from the date of vaccination for most people to generate vaccine induced immunity.
Also, children aged 6 months through 8 years who have not been vaccinated in previous years will need two doses of flu vaccine.
To provide the best protection, it’s important that they get their first dose as soon as possible and get their second dose at least 4 weeks later.
When is it too late to get my flu shot?
While early vaccination is most effective, the CDC also advises that vaccination should continue as long as flu viruses are circulating because the duration of the flu season can vary.
For example, if you get a flu shot in December or later, you could still be protected for the remainder of the flu season, which can last well into the spring. [Read more…] about Winter is coming. Let’s talk flu vaccine.